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 Post subject: A few of my better bird shots
PostPosted: May 15th, 2017, 8:08 pm 
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Scaled Quail
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CA Quail
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Dusky-capped Flycatcher
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Juvenile Vermilion Flycatcher
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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
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Cassin's Kingbird
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E. Meadowlark
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Dickcissel
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Common Nighthawk
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Upland Sandpiper
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Burrowing Owl
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Harris's Sparrow
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Lark Sparrow
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Song Sparrow
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Vesper Sparrow
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Botteri's Sparrow
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Female Mtn Bluebird
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Gray Catbird
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CA Thrasher
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Bendire's Thrasher
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Male Mtn Bluebird
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Yellow Warbler
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Red-faced Warbler
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Hutton's Vireo
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Bell's Vireo
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Oak Titmouse
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Painted Redstart
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Bushtit
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 Post subject: Re: A few of my better bird shots
PostPosted: May 15th, 2017, 10:29 pm 
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Verrrry nice shots Brian. May I be so bold as to ask what camera body/lens combo you're using?

I smell more field guides coming :-)


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PostPosted: May 15th, 2017, 10:35 pm 
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John Martin wrote:
Verrrry nice shots Brian. May I be so bold as to ask what camera body/lens combo you're using?

I smell more field guides coming :-)


Sure...are you ready for this? A Nikon Coolpix P-610 with 60x optical zoom and 16 mp. Built in zoom lens, no attachments are available. It's a point and shoot. But I shoot everything on Manual setting, hand held. And I'm pretty good in photoshop... :lol: Thanks for the compliment.

You can see my bird pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums


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PostPosted: May 25th, 2017, 2:26 pm 
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Nice shots Hubbs :thumb: That Scaled Quail looks cool. I don't think I've seen a picture of one of those before.


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PostPosted: May 25th, 2017, 2:32 pm 
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Brian Hubbs wrote:
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I like that artistic Nighthawk shot too! :thumb: ...cool shot :beer: I can't help but think of Nighthawks at the Diner every time I see one of those things. One of the greatest live albums of all time... 8-)






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PostPosted: May 27th, 2017, 8:25 am 
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Wow, your point and shoot shots put mine to shame! I thoroughly enjoyed.

- Justin


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Wonderful pictures. I especially like the red-faced warbler and the painted redstart. Maybe I like red... . I have a different point and shoot with a zoom lens, and when I try to take pictures of birds, and they're in bushes, I have a dickens of a time convincing the camera what to focus on. I think your titmouse picture might have been difficult for this reason. Is there a way to convince your camera what you want to focus on, or trick it? I have been trying to take pictures of little bear cubs in Yellowstone and the stinkers don't want to climb the trees that don't have leaves and brush.


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PostPosted: June 22nd, 2017, 7:41 pm 
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BethH wrote:
Wonderful pictures. I especially like the red-faced warbler and the painted redstart. Maybe I like red... . I have a different point and shoot with a zoom lens, and when I try to take pictures of birds, and they're in bushes, I have a dickens of a time convincing the camera what to focus on. I think your titmouse picture might have been difficult for this reason. Is there a way to convince your camera what you want to focus on, or trick it? I have been trying to take pictures of little bear cubs in Yellowstone and the stinkers don't want to climb the trees that don't have leaves and brush.


well, titmice are just tough in general...LOL that's my best shot of one. There is no way to convince the camera of anything, you just have to keep pushing the focus button until it actually focuses on the subject. I have given up taking pics of birds surrounded by leaves. But, I shoot everything on manual and try to only use 100 or 200 ISO. I also hand hold for all my shots (No time for a tripod with birds...) and put everything into photoshop to clean it up. Sorry if this answer is late. I been gone...


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PostPosted: June 22nd, 2017, 7:42 pm 
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intermedius wrote:
Wow, your point and shoot shots put mine to shame! I thoroughly enjoyed.

- Justin


Thanks, but being a photo major in college might have had a little to do with it. LOL
Also, never using any auto setting has a lot to do with it. The camera does not know what you want...NEVER believe the camera...

Here's a new pic from my last trip to the Midwest...

Mississippi Kite
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 Post subject: Re: A few of my better bird shots
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2017, 4:01 am 

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Thanks for the answers.

That kite is beautiful.


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 Post subject: Re: A few of my better bird shots
PostPosted: June 24th, 2017, 6:05 pm 
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A few more recent pics...

Pinyon Jay
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Warbling Vireo
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Dickcissel
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Upland Sandpiper
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Great-crested Flycatcher
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Lark Bunting
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Cassin's Sparrow
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Yellow-headed Blackbird
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Bobolink
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Mountain Chickadee
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Belted Kingfisher
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PostPosted: June 24th, 2017, 9:20 pm 

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Outstanding photos! Love the diversity of flycatchers.
Best,
Nick


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PostPosted: June 25th, 2017, 8:16 am 
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NACairns wrote:
Outstanding photos! Love the diversity of flycatchers.
Best,
Nick


Thank you. Here's a few more Flycatchers.

Western Wood-Pewee
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Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
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Cordilleran Flycatcher
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Gray Flycatcher
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Female Vermilion Flycatcher
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Western Kingbird
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Black Phoebe
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 Post subject: Re: A few of my better bird shots
PostPosted: June 25th, 2017, 8:48 pm 
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Nice shots Brian.

Are you still a Herper that birds........ or are you now a birder that herps....? ;)

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 Post subject: Re: A few of my better bird shots
PostPosted: June 26th, 2017, 11:57 am 
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I am a herper that takes pics of birds...I am not a true birder in that I can just watch birds...I need to photograph them, and once I have a decent shot of a species I never need to see it again... :lol: It's been a fun quest, and will continue to be...because there's a lot of bird species...and i've only got 340 of them photographed...


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Outstanding shots, that Sulphur-bellied looks like quite the beast. I didn't pay enough attention to birds when I was in the Chiricahuas, these are great.
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PostPosted: June 26th, 2017, 6:38 pm 
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I haven't even been to the Chiricahuas yet to look for birds...


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A number of the flycatchers have a little top knot... like the kingbirds, and that last photo of the Pee-wee. It looks like it might be where some catch-a-bug-muscle attaches, rather than like the crest of a cardinal or titmouse. Do you know if that "knot" has something to do with the business of catching bugs in the air? Thanks for any information, and for sharing the pretty pictures.

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 Post subject: Re: A few of my better bird shots
PostPosted: July 1st, 2017, 7:51 pm 
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I do not know, but that sounds like something interesting to look up...


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